Leonard Leach, whose parents, Jacob B. and Martha (Hay) Leach, are deceased, was born in Floyd county, Ind., Oct. 25, 1843. He was still living here, by occupation, a farmer when he enrolled in the Federal army, Aug. 9, 1862, at New Albany, Ind. He was 17 years old when he entered Co. I, 66th Ind. V.I., 1st and 3d Brig., 2d and 3d Div., 15th and 16th A.C. He was ill and held in hospital one night at Alexandria, Va. He was detailed, in the fall of 1863 as teamster for about five months. He was honorably discharged June 3, 1865, at Washington, D.C., upon the close of the war, having participated, with his command, in the battles of Richmond, Colliersville, Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea, the Carolinas, Bentonville and the Grand Review at Washington, D.C. His wife had three brothers in the late war – Oscar Grimes, member of Co., I, 66th Ind. V.I., was captured and held at Richmond, Ky., three and a half months, he was parolled and sent to Exchange Camp; the latter was again captured at Colliersville, and sent to Andersonville, where he died, as many of our Northern men did, of starvation; and Louis in same Co. died in hospital at Corinth, in May, 1863. A third brother, William F. served in the same Co. and Regt. Our subject also had numerous relatives in the late war. Comrade Leach was married in New Albany, Ind., March 27, 1866, to Margaret Grimes who was born there Jan. 25, 1846. Her parents, both deceased, were Randolph and Elizabeth (Spencer) Grimes. Their six children were born in the order given: Martha L., Ebritemant E., Elmer dec., Elma, Oscar A. and Margaret E. Comrade Leach is P.P.C. of Sage Post and has a pension; the Post of which he is a member, was named in honor of Robert F. Sage, Sergt. of Co. I, 66th Ind. V.I., and was killed in a rebel charge at Dallas, Va., May 28, 1864, while planting our colors on the breastworks there. Our subject is living in retirement and his address is New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike